345 wavering and uncertain. Professor Ball stood behind the soldiers. Mr, Munn stood beside the soldier with the lamp. " Open that door/' the officer ordered, loud. Even in the unsure light Mr. Munn could see that his face was flushing with irritation. As he spoke he truculently thrust his head forward. " No," the voice from beyond the door said faintly, " you can't come in. Not in my room. You haven't any right." The deputy grinned. Nodding confidentially at the soldier who had come up with Mr. Munn, he remarked: " She said no man wasn't come-en her room, didn't have the right I just reckon you ain't the right man, lieutenant." The soldier with the lamp grinned too. " Oh, she's a lady, she is," the deputy said mincingly. " Shut up," the officer commanded. Then, turning to the door: " Miss, you oughter let us in. It's the law. We won't bother you. Not a bit." His voice was wheedling, cajoling, now. "We'll catch him sooner or later. If he's hiding in there, you won't do him any good acting this way-----" Covertly, Mr. Munn glanced down the hall. It was shadowy there, almost dark, but the loft ladder, it was not there. Doctor MacDonald was in the loft. He had taken the ladder up. He was not in the room there, with the girl. " —not a bit of good, Miss. Now, Miss, open up, please." " No," the girl's voice replied. "All right, all right." The officer's voice was loud again, and harsh. "All right, Miss, we're gonna knock the door down," " I told you I had a shotgun," the girl's voice said. "I don't believe it," the officer answered. "We're gonna knock it down." " She's got a gun all right," Mr. Munn said. '" How do you know?" " There was a gun sitting in the corner, I saw it. Eight there"—and Mr. Munn pointed toward the corner beyond the door. " It's gone now."